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being there taking it? >> another real human being there, we have joe biden, let's listen to what he has to say. >> 1.7, 1.7 million of you have walked across the scorching sands of iraq or been in those godforsaken mountains and plains of afghanistan. many of you, just having served one tour, many have served two, three, four, five, the last time of the 23 or 4 times that i have been in afghanistan or iraq. i was flying in, i went into the cockpit, the load master was there, i said how many of you is this your first tour? nobody raised their hand, i said second tour, one, third tour, two, fourth, fifth, two. ladies and gentlemen we have never, never, never in the history of america asked so much of a generation. and you have met it with incredible pride. the joint chiefs of staff has prepared you in a way that always sort of takes my breath away every time i see you. one of the great honors of my life has been to visit many of you when you were serving abroad, from the mountain tops of remote fobs above the valley, watching six of you sit up on a mountain top and get shot at every singl
. >> as you reported on, joe biden could not be a better emissary on this issue, both for the reasons you pointed out, and also he knows personal tragedy and knows it well. so when he speaks about this issue, too, it comes from a personal place. and i think the president is smart in what he is doing here politically, as well. he knows that assault weapons ban, the ban on extended magazines, universal background checks. those are things that a republican congress is not just going to come out and support. he has to remind american people of how important this is. he has to get the american people behind him, and ultimately even if it takes a turnover in the house in 2014, which is something i think we personally could see. even if that is the end game having the american people behind him is ultimately the only way that anything real is going to happen here. >> richard wolff, a word on joe biden today. i was struck watching him lead the way into this subject. that i really cannot think of a more effective, more valuable vice president that we have had. unless you are a big fan of torture a
incidents at three gun shows. and here in washington, vice president joe biden is about to take his official oath of office to begin his second term and we're standing by to bring it live to you as it happens. right now i'm joined by msnbc contributor jerry bernstein. former chief economist and policy adviser for vice president biden. and new york tannen. former domestic policy direct or four the obama/biden campaign. and jen saki and former obama white house deputy communication's director now seep your vice president and manager director at global strategy group, i public affairs and research firm and back at the table, democratic governor mallory of connecticut. good to have you back, governor. >> good to be back. >> we're going live to the vice president's residence of the naval observatory in washington by his swearing in of supreme court justice sonya sotomayer and the vice presidency is a job biden said he didn't want. in 2007, he told a reporter in iowa and this is an amazing quote which somehow doesn't get played enough -- i absolutely can say with certainty i would not be anybody's
not talk about joe biden. who was kind of everywhere on the parade route, oh, they won't let me do this, he's running around, shaking hands, embodying joe biden to the fullest. joe biden dropped by the iowa state society ball on saturday night, he has been very open, frankly, as open as anybody, thinking about running, there's the footage, love him, joey b., 70 years old, 70 years young. he's been very open, sort of, about his interest in running for president, potentially. this is someone who has run for president twice in the past. he could have stopped by any number of state balls, correct? >> chris, at the very least, he is laying the groundwork for a potential 2016 bid. it's not a certain thing. we are going to see what hillary clinton does. if she decides she wants to run, i'm pretty sure the field will be completely cleared for her. but if she doesn't, joe biden wants to be in that conversation. maybe he runs, maybe he doesn't, but if you are even at least thinking about it, you're meeting with the governor of new hampshire, the democratic governor, you are chatting with folks from i
friend, vice president joe biden. throughout his career as a public servant, vice president biden has championed issues that are critical to the prosperity and growth of america's cities, and he has engaged directly with the u.s. conference of mayors on a regular basis. during our annual meeting this past june in orlando, vice president biden pledged that the obama administration would make sure that future infrastructure investments are more targeted to local areas. in november, last year, the vice president hosted our leadership in the white house to discuss the fiscal cliff and the concerns of mayors regarding both investment programs and tax-exempt financing. whenever there's a major issue that demands attention, again and again and again, vice president joe biden has shown the leadership and courage needed to help move our nation in the right direction. and that is why i was certainly heartened when president obama asked vice president biden to lead a special task force to develop responses to the tragedy not only at sandy hook elementary school, but the daily tragedies we see al
of the debate. we're also watching the second couple, vice president joe biden and his wife jill biden, get in their limousine so they can head up in the motorcade to the capitol. you saw president obama and the first lady getting into the beast, the armored presidential limousine. they will ride separately up to the capitol from their daughters sasha and malia, who appear to be riding in this motorcade along with their grandmother, marion robinson, who is the mother, of course, of michelle obama, wolf. >> brianna, stand by for a moment. i want to keep these pictures up if we can, also pictures from the capitol. we are here on the united states capitol. we're awaiting the arrival of the president. should be coming up soon. kate balduan is here, david gergen is here. the day is enormous. whether you're a democrat or republican, you feel it from where we are. >> you sure do. it's a gorgeous day. it's brisk, but it's not freezing. the sun is gleaming on the capitol. you have these throngs of people. you can look all the way down the mall and see them. it's not as big as last time, but when you
and that because of joe biden, because of michael bloomberg, because of former congressman gabrielle giffords that there is a possibility of doing something now or is it simply the possibility of beginning the conversation? >> the it seems like it was the beginning of a conversation that would end in failure even two, three weeks back. if you talked to people that were inside the white house and working with joe biden i don't think there was a lot of hope that they thought they could ever get through an assault weapon ban in the house and the senate. for actually, though, it's not been michael bloomberg's actions over the past several weeks or gabrielle giffords or joe biden's that i think has made the biggest difference. i think the reason why the political landscape is moving as quickly as it is on this issue and why the polls are moving is because the abhorrent behavior of the national rifle association and their reaction not only to newtown but wayne lapierre's press conference, the news of the past few days of a commercial that actually talked about the president's own children and takes
armas joe biden vicepresidente"yo se que no ten unanimidad absoluta en este salón, tampoco en cualquier otro. pero todos sabemos, todos estamos al tanto de que debemos hacer algo. tenemos que actuar" el vicepresidente esta encargado de la comisión que busca regularizar el uso de armas en el país y justamente ayer se realizo el anuncio de las ordenanzas que serna sometidas al congreso pero en esta conferencia alcaldes como michael nutter de filadelfia se unieron a la premisa de joe biden y discutieron el tema de las armas. michael nutter alcalde de filadelfia "la tragedia de newtown, aun después de las otras no nos podemos imaginar ese momento tan terrible en la historia americana. no podemos tener nuestras vidas de vuelta, nosotros podemos y debemos ayudar a proteger la vida de los demás en el futuro" esta es la conferencia numero 81 de los alcaldes y se extendera hasta el 19 de enero, entre los otros temas tambien esta el sustento a las empresas automotrises en las diferentes ciudades de los estados unidos.. el alcalde del distrito de columbia vincent gray dijo estar abierto a la
president joe biden. it was yesterday, a sunday, a day we traditionally do not hold inauguration ceremonies. all the pomp and celebration were saved for today. our friend lawrence o'donnell is at the west front triangle outside the capitol. lawrence, what's the feeling there this morning? what is it like out there? >> reporter: the good news the feeling is warmer than anyone thought it was going to be. everybody was really worried around here in the last couple days just how cold it would be. it's livable in the 40s. and, rachel, they opened up the security system here at 7:00 a.m. people have been streaming in here since 7:00 a.m. they are not all through security yet. they will still be at least another hour of that. 250,000 of the president's closest friends have gotten tickets to this. not all of them get seats. some of them, some of the tickets are just standing tickets, and what you see behind me going down the mall are the people who are just here because they want to be here and they don't need a ticket. and they are in the free space, which may in many ways be the most fun place to
joe biden. there is actually a pew reserved for the president of the united states, pew 54, where he will be sitting today. we're within eye shot of the wit house, probably a two or three football field walk. because of all the security, all the barricades, of course, they took that short drive here. you g not a bad way to do it, if you can. that's the beast, the vehicle that the president took, just a short time ago. it's a pretty good one. and that's the bus tour bus that's passing by as well. you can imagine there are a lot of people coming here to witness this experience as well. we saw the president get here. we saw the vice president get here. they're in there, enjoying church services. vehicles are all lined up. it was a delicate ballet a few moments ago so they can speedily and efficient move them on to their next destination, which is the white house. >> peter alexander, thank you so much. timing is everything in our business, right? let's check in with lie geist, at the u.s. navy memorial along the parade route. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. send
of the century. the e-mail says, "barack obama, joe biden and their gun ban allies in congress only want to blame you, bully you, vilify you and strip you of your second amendment freedoms." are they trying to scare gun owners? >> we're not trying to scare them. we're not saying your rights are at risk. the president of the united states is saying that. >> reporter: joe scarborough of "morning joe" had an a-rating from the nra when he was in congress. >> the more the nra speaks out after the slaughter of these 20 first graders, the worse they make it for their side. >> reporter: so far, a majority of the house still has a-ratings for their votes from the gun lobby. >> it has clout, because it had members in every state and almost every congressional district and because it's built up a reputation of effectiveness. >> reporter: the question now is whether that will change after the massacre at sandy hook elementary. andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. >>> there is breaking news in the air tonight. and it's bad news for boeing. after a slew of problems, the faa has ordered all the new 787 dreaml
will keep going. >> over the past month, vice president joe biden and his task force is met with 229 groups from around the country. biden's task force provided a road map for the long drive ahead. >> while there is no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence completely, no piece of legislation that will prevent every tragedy, every act of evil. if there is even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there's even one life that can be saved, then we've got an obligation to try it. and i'm going to do my part. >> the president very compelling. he's willing to spend political capital in order to get something done. specific legislative proposals include a system of universal background checks, renewing the assault weapons ban from the clinton era, limiting high capacity magazines to ten bullets, providing more resources to states in reporting criminals and the mentally ill. out lawing armor-piercing bullets and funding, more funding, for police officers around the country. the president also signed 23 executive actions, most of them reinforcing laws already
. -- a semi automatic weapon. >> vice president joe biden will join michael nutter today at 12:30 eastern here on c-span. at 6:30 p.m., tablas smileys posted for on -- - tavis smiley posts a forum on poverty. we will bring it to you live here on c-span. >> he had been talking about this dream that he had. he talked about it for years -- the american dream and it becomes his dream and he had been in detroit just a few months before and he had talked about "i have a dream that america will someday realize these principles in the declaration of independence." i think he was just inspired by that moment. >> sunday, the journey of clayborne carson. it is part of three days of book-tv this weekend, monday featuring authors and books on the inauguration. >> president obama officials launched his effort to reduce gun violence wednesday calling for action in congress and signing 23 executive orders to deal with the issue. speaking before an audience that included the families of those killed last month newtown connecticut shooting, the president specifically called for an assault weapons ban, a better
weapon. lou: president obama hoping that his number two does better tomorrow when joe biden launches a campaign style road trip to promote gun control. his first stop is virginia, whose electorate is pro-gun. this is now coming to be known as the obama great gun grab. fox news national security analyst k.t. mcfarland, former state department director, will be here to discuss john kerry's appointment to the secretary of state and what he means to obama foreign policy. we will be talking to a man who put the fate of the keystone pipeline and the fate of the president's hands. we have dave heineman with his approval to give president obama a second chance. we begin with the obama party is campaign to ban assault weapons. they not only want to ban assault weapons but certain handouts. for more on what the democrats are trying to do to our second amendment rights, we bring in shannon bream. reporter: senator dianne feinstein acknowledges that it will be an uphill battle. this new measure would ban the sale and manufacture and transfer and importation of 157 specific garments, along with a
, alabama. >>> vice president joe biden kicked off the day by putting in volunteer hours. the vp and his wife kept up with their tradition by serving others in the area. the second family was all smiles, working for military members overseas. >>> ben's chili bowl got in on the national day of service today, with a book drive. they invited people to come in for brunch or dinner and tolls bring a new or slightly used children's book. the books will go to two groups. the reading connection and hope in a home, both serving underprivileged families in the district. >> that's a good thing. glad to see a lot of people out there enjoying the day. and the weather wasn't bad at all. i thought it would be really cold, but surprise! >> didn't have quite as much wind as anticipated, so it was really pleasant. that trend's going to continue. but it's going to be short- lived. >> enjoy it while we can! >> that's what happens with mother nature. here's a look at what is going on outside right now. not a lot of clouds. beautiful shot of our national monument. not a lot of clouds right now. we'll see part
of underdeveloped areas. >> thursday, vice president joe biden laid out details of a plan announced yesterday by president obama to reduce gun violence. speaking for the u.s. conference of mayors, the vice president describe thinking behind the plant from which calls for expanded background checks, bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines come increased funding for local police said more research on gun violence. this is about an hour. >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the vice president of the united states, joe biden and mayor michael nutter. [cheers and applause] [cheers and applause] pockmarked >> mayors and ladies and gentlemen, it is of course my distinct honor and pleasure to have the opportunity to introduce our good friend, my good friend, vice president joe biden. throughout his career as a public servant, vice president biden has championed issues that are critical to prosperity and growth of american cities and he has engage directly with the u.s. conference of mayors on a regular basis. during our candlemaking this past june in orlando, vice president biden pledg
president joe biden will be sworn in from the naval observatory, the official residence of the vice president. the inaugural committee released a web video as the president reflected on what is next for him and his administration. [video clip] >> i started public servants working in communities. throughout my career, what has always given me energy, hope is that good and decent and resilience and strong the american people are. the theme of this year's inauguration is our people, our future. i believe that when our people are succeeding, when they have the tools they need to get a grade education, get a good job, look after their kids, have some basic security, that there is nothing that can stop america. two figures i admire probably more than anybody in american history is dr. king and president lincoln. for me to have the opportunity to use the bible they used on the 105th anniversary of the emancipation proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the march on washington is fitting. their actions and the movement they represent are the only reason that it is possible for me to be in
out on gay marriage and only did because joe biden forced his hand. the same thing with gun control. newtown changes the landscape just like 9/11 changed the landscape. i wonder if the president didn't do two things that will cost him nothing, appeased his base knowing he has to compromise move moving forward and put the republicans now on guns and gay marriage and climate change in a position where they will apologioppose it, may win and will look older and more out of touch with younger voters. >> a speech outside washington all this appeal tom coming together and did it at the white house we are going to do this if you want to do this. i thought he was reaching out to american voters and saying, here's my agenda but i need you to come with me and make this happen. i thought in that respect it was an intensely political speech, you're right. there was none of the red states, blue states, purple state of 2009. there was much more of the ideal and he had even said he would give clean water to african countries, that was a change the world speech. this was far more practical, far mor
gun control is now a white house campaign-style effort and vice president joe biden held a social media town hall, a google hangout to rally support. >> make your voices heard. this outfit, this town listens when people rise up and speak. >> reporter: the white house and feinstein know their biggest hurdle is convincing fellow democrats from gun right states to support gun control. >> the message to democrats is, see what your silence does? there will be more of these. >> reporter: no surprise, wolf, saying that they don't like this proposed ban. feinstein is, once again, focused on curtailing the constitution instead of prosecuting criminals or fixing the mental health system. we are confident congress will deny the wrong-headed approach. >> it's not just republicans who are going to be opposed to what senator feinstein is proposing. a whole lot of democrats are going to be nervous about it as well. >> reporter: precisely. that's what senator feinstein was saying there in the piece, that her message to those fellow democrats, which they really are her first target, if you will, i
states, joe biden. dr. jill biden, his wife, will be with him. and i would imagine -- i would assume their three children heading to this service as well. and we'll see them shortly. >> should mention the reverend, who is delivering the service this morning at st. john's church has a big day ahead of him. he will also do the invocation later today for this ceremony. we're joined in the studio here with doris kearns goodwin, david gregory, moderator of "meet the press" and tom brokaw, who needs no introduction. this is load with pomp and circumstance. what's the importance for the nation to see these events unfold every four years? >> we don't have a king and queen in this country. this is almost like our secular religious day where we invest this person with these extraordinary powers. the great thing still about our country, you are a private citizen one day, become the president next day, you are finished, you go back and are a private citizen. you don't have all that stuff that you had around you. that's an extraordinary resilience for a democratic system. >> as we prepare to see
, how much security has changed in the white house over the last few years. >> there's dr. joe biden, the vice president's wife, who we know, very active in helping the military families coming back. >> also an educator. vice president biden, sworn in yesterday, as well. 8:15 yesterday morning at the naval observatory. sworn in by supreme court justice sonia sotomayer. we go back to the capitol right now. guests continue to file into the steps. >> can we do a split screen? i'm going to ask our director if we can do that. i want to see the crowd four years ago, as the president looked out. and i want to see the crowd today and compare them. it looks as if it stretched the entire 2.2 miles. >> there's 2009. >> pretty big. >> it does look pretty packed. of course, it will be a smaller crowd than four years ago. that was a moment in history that cannot be replicated. the flag is waving on the mall, as president obama prepares to come down to the capitol. >> let's talk a little about the president's speech because we do know he has been working on it since december. as they emerge. the fi
bill. we are so lucky to have barack obama and joe biden now. i think this was masterful. they hit all of the problem areas. i think it's a great start. you know, i'm disappointed in the news coverage. obama talked about the assault rifles and i wasn't sure if he was saying he thought they just should be outlawed outright. i got that from him. and what they would do about ones that were already out there. do you know anything about that? >> bill: well, there would be a ban on the sale of assault weapons going forward but there is no word about what to do about the -- i think i've seen maybe 20 million 40 million that are already out there in circulation or in the hands of gun owners. >> caller: oh, man. >> bill: that's a real, real problem. >> caller: that's -- >> bill: that's why i think we need a buyback provision like they did in australia. >> caller: buyback and if someone did want to have them, they could at least -- i think they should have to have insurance, too. handguns and everything. it costs $300 billion a year in medical costs for gun shot wounds in this country. >> bill:
, he is, he and joe biden, those only two offices everybody votes for. and he has won. he got over 50%. so he will make his case. i think what is different, what is significantly different, there will be confrontation but i think the first time you're seeing the president move hess campaign organization, we just saw this in the last few days, move it into advocacy on the issues for his agenda during the second term. that's unprecedented. no president's ever been able it do that. and this time it is not with some rinky-dink campaign organization that we've seen in the past. this is the biggest campaign organization ever seen in the united states. 28, 30 million people. those people making the case to their members of congress regardless of party, whether the member is democrat or republican. i think could change the way we look at a lame duck second term presidency because of the power of that grassroots organization. bill: wow! that's a big statement, joe. back to the initial question though. >> sure. bill: blount make as heavy charge though. are there democrats in congress who agree
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election, for example, i think the most racially divisive comment of the entire election was joe biden's comment where he said if the republicans win, they are, quote, going to put y'all back in chains. that made my heart weep to see a sitting vice president playing to racial fears and playing on those issues. i think that's unfortunate. i don't think it has any place in politics. >> chuck hagel, you were very tepid on "meet the press" a couple of weeks ago. >> i was. >> now you've met with him, you're more comfortable, you'll support him? >> i am. >> what changed? >> i said on your show that i had real concerns. i spent 90 minutes with him. i asked him very specific questions on the things that troubled me. his answers were forth right. and they were answers that alayed my concerns. should we keep every option on the table to prevent a nuclear iran? yes. i went further. i said, do you think we can tolerate a nuclear iran? he said no. and i said to him, well, then, if we had to use military as the only choice, would you? he said yes. second, i asked him hezbollah and hamas, should they
out, but i saw joe biden check her out when she was walking up to the stage. >> can you blame him? >> i saw you, joe. i saw the vice president. i saw him give a little -- can't blame you. >> joe needs to stop macking on your girl. >> stay away from my girl, joe. >> but who doesn't joe check out? >> joe is joe. uncle joe. >> yeah, he is joe. rob's girl's rendition of the "star spangled banner" wowed the crowd, including joe biden. >> as the day turned to night, some of the nation's best performers paid tribute to the president. we a look at some of the sounds and images from the historic day. ♪ obama's on fire >> the constitution of the united states. >> so help you god. >> so help me god. >> congratulations, mr. president. ♪ he's walking on fire obama's on fire ♪ ♪ ♪ let's stay together ♪ whether times are good or bad happy or sad ♪ ♪ i can't stop wanting you it's useless to say ♪ ♪ so i'll just live my life in dreams of yesterday ♪ ♪ ♪ >> nice mix of music and moment, that's for sure. we'll be right back after this. >>> "world news >>> so you might have
are going to tag along, actually, with vice president joe biden and his wife, jill biden, as they attend today's events. i'll see you back here in 30 minutes. "your bottom line" starts right now. >> thanks, randi and victor. see you at the top of the hour. good morning, everyone. i'm christine romans. forget the golden globes, disregard the oscars. one script is being written right now in washington that everyone can't wait to see. and you -- you are the only critic that matters. obama's economy, the sequel, crafting a legacy. you remember the original. the president inherits the worst economy since the great depression. billions in bailouts save the auto industry and stabilize wall street. where are the jobs? but the star of this show has his enemies, millions of americans turn to the tea party. their mission? stop this president from making fundamental changes, changes they see permanently damaging the u.s. economy. gridlock follows. and the 112th congress passes the fewest bills in 40 years. but in the end, its congressional approval that plunges, now standing at just 14%. the preside
found oakland mayor jean quan here. vice president joe biden urged mayors to act now on gun control. >> oakland and california have these very strong gun-control laws, but i still have teenagers with ak-47's on the streets of oakland, because they can come in by mail. so we really have to have a national law that requires at least id checks and criminal background checks. >> reporter: quan is lobbying for the hiring of former los angeles police chief bratton in oakland. bratton, an outspoken proponent of the stop-and-frisk policy, has recently been a target of protests in oakland. >> i'm not here to defend every policy or everything chief bratton has done. but i do know this. that crime in los angeles went down. >> reporter: but that controversy may pale in comparison to the kind of gridlock that could take place. >> does it seem realistic at this point to think that could pass with such a divided congress? >> well, it has to go to the public. i think the more unified the public is on gun violence prevention, the more congress will act upon it.
of mayors' winter meeting. vice president joe biden will speak to the group just getting under way here live on c-span. [applause] >> mayors and ladies and gentlemen. it is, of course, my distinct honor and pleasure to have the opportunity to introduce our good friend and my good friend, vice president joe biden. throughout his career as a public servant, vice president biden has championed issues that are critical to the prosperity and growth of america's cities, and he has engaged directly with the u.s. conference of mayors on a regular basis. during our annual meeting this past june in orlando, vice president biden pledged that the obama administration would make sure that future infrastructure investments are more targeted to local areas. in november, last year, the vice president hosted our leadership in the white house to discuss the fiscal cliff and the concerns of mayors regarding both investment programs and tax-exempt financing. whenever there's a major issue that demands attention, again and again and again, vice president joe biden has shown the leadership and courage needed to h
. [patriotic music playing] bret: it there we see vice president joe biden introduced. nancy pelosi is behind him and then you see president obama. it is still ain't getting ready for that speech. megyn: it will all be written out for him, there is nothing to worry about. [footsepts] [footsteps] [inaudible conversations] [patriotic music playing] megyn: that was the president walking through the credits. can anybody tell me what that is? bret: it is the part right under the middle of the statuary hall where the donors. megyn: do think that is an odd name for that part of our capital? speech you know, i don't. megyn: they have emerged through the crypt and now shall begin shell began the actual ceremony. we have been listening and will continue to listen to the united states marine band. they have been playing since 1801 for thomas jefferson. they are america's oldest professional musical organization. >> the president of the united states, barack obama. [applause] [cheers] [applause] [cheers] megyn: i wonder what is going through his mind right now. bret: i don't think he is very worried. the
and vice president joe biden all participating in service projects in the d.c. area today and calling on all americans to join community events across the country. molly henneberg is live in washington with more. >> molly: there are two parts of this day of service. it's a kickoff to the inauguration weekend and always way to celebrate a couple of days early dr. martin luther king day. president obama and his family went to an elementary school in washington to help with the school makeover project. here you see the president and mrs. obama looking at bookshelf. they talked about the importance of this day. >> this inauguration, we're going to be -- it's a symbol of how our democracy work and how we peacefully transfer power but it should be an affirmation we're all in this together. >> molly: the vice president and his family participated in the national day of service. they filled care packages for deployed servicemen and women. mr. biden says the troops overseas that we remember them. the area around the washington monument there were opportunities for people that wanted to get inv
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